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The Parable Of The Unjust Steward
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Luke 16:1-13 – English Standard Version (ESV)
The Parable of the Dishonest Manager
He also said to the disciples, There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.
And the manager said to himself, What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.
So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, How much do you owe my master? He said, A hundred measures of oil. He said to him, Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty. Then he said to another, And how much do you owe? He said, A hundred measures of wheat. He said to him, Take your bill, and write eighty.
The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.
One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?
No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
The Parable Of The Unjust Steward Meaning
Please note that the rich man (the master in the parable) is not commending his dishonest manager for dishonesty or for being crooked. Instead, he is commending and praising the unjust steward for being shrewd.
Luke 16:8 (ESV)
The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.”
Looking up the meaning of “Shrewd”, we see that it means, for instance according to freedictionary.com:
Characterized by keen awareness, sharp intelligence, and often a sense of the practical.
Having or showing keen awareness, sound judgment, and often resourcefulness, especially in practical matters.
Shrewd suggests a sharp intelligence, hardheadness, and often an intuitive grasp of practical considerations.
We can see that the dishonest manager, who had in all likelihood previously overcharged people and received exorbitant commissions as he wasted his master’s possessions, showed sharp intelligence and foresight by what he did after he found out he was going to be fired.
This is not to suggest that we should be dishonest, but that we should be sharp, intelligent, aware of what’s going on around us, show foresight, sound judgment, resourcefulness, in all that concerns us – So help us God!
When we think about all this, The meaning of The parable of the Unjust Steward becomes very clear. May God help us to be sharp and intelligent in all that we do. Amen.
Thanks for reading, Dear Friends – Have a wonderfully blessed, stress-free, productive, and joyful day!
Much Love & Blessings,
Bomi Jolly ~ JollyNotes.com
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